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Fishing Reports for February 13, 2020

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

February 15-16 is a Free Fishing Weekend, where anyone can fish New York’s waters without a fishing license.

Oswego River report:

The water flow is running at 11,200 CFS this morning. Anglers have been finding a decent trout bite along the river. Beads, jigs, and egg sacs either fished under a float or bottom bouncing are working well for steelhead and browns.  Anglers are also finding a few walleye.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure below. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

A handful of anglers ventured out on the run Monday to find that water flows had dropped (down to 350CFS) and while the fish were there, you had to work for every nibble. The middle section of the run had the most reports with two anglers landing 2-3 steelhead a piece. Based on our guests reports, angling improved on Tuesday. The bite was very slow early in the morning but picked up in the middle of the day and then trailed off in the afternoon. Blue egg sacs were the top producing bait of the day but fish were also taken on natural colored beads and swung flies. Wednesday a half dozen anglers each got into a fish or two. There were reports of a dozen or so fresh steelhead moving through the middle section of the river. The water release is 350 CFS with 542 CFS at Pineville.

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Oneida Lake report:

Conditions were difficult over the weekend after Friday’s snowfall. Slush was forming in many areas of the lake making it difficult for 4-wheelers and sleds as well as walking. The few inches of snow expected last night did not materialize with the area receiving only a dusting. That is good news as the temperature is dropping into the teens by tomorrow and very cold temperatures overnight for the next couple of days. This should help firm up things for the weekend. If you venture out, as always check the ice as you go.


Sandy Pond report:

Conditions on the pond are decent with 5+ inches of ice being reported and a little slush in some areas. We did not receive significant snow overnight as forecasted with only a dusting to an inch or so expected throughout the day today. The thermometer will drop overnight and temperatures only in the teens tomorrow will improve conditions for the weekend.